The family of police choke victim Eric Garner Thursday urged Attorney General Loretta Lynch to complete the Justice Department’s investigation into his death before she leaves office in January.
At a special holiday charity event, Garner’s children joined elected officials and community leaders in their call for federal indictments against the officers involved in the July 17, 2014 death of Garner, which was ruled a homicide after his arrest on a Staten Island street.
The family remains frustrated over failed efforts to bring criminal charges against any of the cops, especially Officer Daniel Pantaleo who was accused of taking Garner down with a chokehold that was banned by the department.
When someone is arrested and detained they are at an elevated risk to life-threatening levels of anxiety. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are at much higher risk than the rest of the population because of the distrust that has developed from generations of racism and marginalisation.
Deaths of detainees in police custody led to a royal commission that went from 1987 to 1991. Several recommendations from that inquiry called for immediate support to detainees through skilled advocates.
Former footballer Dalian Atkinson has died after being shot with a Taser by police at his father’s house. Police said the weapon was deployed at about 01:30 BST in Telford, Shropshire after officers were called to a report of concern for a man’s safety.
A neighbour described seeing the former Aston Villa star, 48, being Tasered after “stumbling towards” police.
Mr Atkinson went into cardiac arrest on his way to hospital, where he was pronounced dead at about 03:00.
Paula Quinn, who lives in a first-floor flat near the Atkinson property in Trench, said: “They were shouting and kicking so much all I could hear were the boots hitting him.